What can we learn from the Pension Regulator’s Corporate Plan?

The UK Pension Regulator has published its latest Corporate Plan which describes the Regulator’s main areas of focus over the next two years. The Plan provides important updates on the timing of the new DB funding Code and the extension of the notifiable events regime, as it sets out the key actions we can expect … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep 3

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Simon Bramwell, Partner and Head of Longevity Risk Transactions at Barnett Waddingham and Matt Wilmington, Head of Origination – Bulk Annuities at Scottish Widows. In their conversation, Rachel, Simon and Matt cover: the preparations that schemes need to make … Read more

Hong Kong Pensions Update: Removal of MPF Offsetting Arrangements on the way

The long-awaited changes, which will abolish the current MPF offsetting arrangements against severance or long service payment, have been published, introduced and passed as one of the first bills for the 2022 legislative session. This article gives an overview of the changes and transitional arrangements. Abolishing the offsetting arrangement Currently, employers are permitted to offset … Read more

Pensions Planner – June 2022

Here is the latest edition of our Pensions Planner, which will help you identify the key pension issues your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming months. The latest edition covers: what schemes need to do to prepare for pension dashboards the impact of the new Consumer Duty the latest Annual Funding Statement … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep 2

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Rosie Fantom, Partner at Barnett Waddingham and Uzma Nazir, Head of Origination Structuring at Pension Insurance Corporation. They discuss small to medium sized schemes and how these schemes can best prepare for transactions. In their conversation, Rachel, Rosie and … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep1

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Rosie Fantom, Partner at Barnett Waddingham and Matt Richards, Senior Business Development Manager at Standard Life. They discuss the reasons why some schemes may choose to do a series of bulk annuity transactions, rather than a single transaction covering … Read more

Regulator publishes latest Annual Funding Statement

The Pensions Regulator has published its latest Annual Funding Statement. Most of the messages are consistent with those contained in last year’s statement but, as you might expect, this year’s statement emphasises the need for trustees to assess the impact on their scheme and sponsor covenant of high inflation, the prospect of higher interest rates … Read more

Pension Planner – January 2022

Here is the latest edition of our Pensions Planner. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice and identify the key pensions issues that your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming months. The latest edition covers: the new … Read more

Pensions Planner – June 2021

Our latest Pensions Planner is here. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice and help you identify the key pensions issues that your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming months. The latest edition covers: The Pensions Regulator’s … Read more